Double standard mars Wasim Khan’s maiden innings in PCB

August 15, 2019 | By

Appointment of British born Wasim Khan as new Managing Director of PCB had raised hopes among sane critics that he would strictly run the Board on professional and corporate grounds and clean it from parasites but the beginning of his maiden innings turned out to be a huge disappointment.

He has been stumped and we are waiting for third umpire’s decision! The Mafia is intact but harmless officials have been shown the door.

Ehsan Mani, who knew that he couldn’t afford to curtail his more important engagements outside the ambit of PCB, had appointed Khan not only to ease his burden but also streamline affairs of the Board. The new MD had been given massive powers amid hue and cry of a couple of disgruntled BoG members, most were managed later, and Mani also withdrew his own powers to
make Wasim Khan, the iron man of PCB.

Generally, it was expected of this Iron Man to run Board affairs in a transparent manner. But to our utter disappointment, the new MD has succumbed before powerful lobbies whereas double standard also vividly reflects in some of his decisions.

For instance, PCB relieved General Manager Domestic Cricket Shafiq Papa from his job after reaching the age of 70 but retained Wasim Bari, a thorough YESMAN, much older than him.

Perhaps Papa was quickly noticed as he was placed at Gaddafi Stadium but Bari, probably, laying golden eggs in Khuddey Line (away from the Headquarter) is still unnoticed. Is that corporate culture? Is that professionalism you learned in England, Mr. Khan?

Isn’t that double standard? Do you have any explanation, Mr. Khan? Had you been in England you could have lost your job!

Professionalism also lacked in MD’s working. The PCB has yet to appoint new selection committee and coach but without waiting for their appointments the Board hurriedly announced Central Contract for the cricketers.

What was the urgency, Mr. Khan? Powerful lobbies prevailed upon you which have succeeded to include their favorites in the Central Contract. There is a fair logic in Rashid Latif’s statement who also questioned this indecent haste.

The PCB should have waited for the appointment of new chief selector and coach whose consultation was imperative to finalize the list. This is certainly not a professional working. The list of players and their categories were simply decided upon personal whims! The selection is also faulty. How Yasir Khan comes in A-Category whereas he has been limited to Test cricket only.
He was not considered for selection in the WC squad.

Similarly, on which performance Wahab Riaz was given B-Category. Mohammed Amir performed much better than Wahab in the WC and deserved to be in Category-B. He was placed in Category-C. Is that fair? Now Wahab has been reported considering quitting Test cricket. Again it was too early for Imamaul Haq and Shaheen Afridi to be placed in Category-B.

And Mr. Khan also studies the file of Haroon Rasheed, the most inept of all parasites, allegedly playing his shots in the selection of Quetta region team for the forthcoming domestic season.

I would like to draw Mr. Khan’s attention towards two top but inept officials of PCB. Almost all important powers of Subhan Ahmed have been taken by the new MD who should now apprise us that what is left in Subhan’s job description. In which corporate organization a COO having marginal powers exists?

How can a person with very limited powers enjoy the title of COO and related perks in a corporate organization? Educate us, Mr. Wasim Khan. Your CV is loaded with your rich professional working in England. Subhan has been unfairly given double promotion by a former chairman. He must be reverted. Why he is still enjoying the title of COO?

Subhan is a crafty man whom if you ask to sit on a stool outside the office of any influential in the PCB, he would readily oblige to save his job. Mark my words that he would wait for the right time to sting. He has been nurtured and mastered in this art.

And also tell us the job description of your next-door neighbor at the Gaddafi Stadium, a retired bureaucrat. Find some time to learn how much this retired and inept bureaucrat wasted hard-earned PCB funds to satisfy his childish bureaucratic ego in his last stint in the Board.

Ask someone and he would apprise you that how disgraceful it was for a COO (retired bureaucrat) when a security guard intercepted him taking some important files of the Board.

Mr. Khan this is not professionalism. Foreign nationals late Bob Woolmer, Dav Whatmore and Mickey Arther were also professionals in their field but they resisted before compromising with the PCB treacherous culture. You surpassed them to compromise without resistance!

Asif Sohail

Asif Sohail is an author at ScoreLine and has written numerous articles published at

He is a freelance sports journalist. Have worked in ‘The News International’ and a former Head of Sports at ‘Dunya News’. He Graduated from GC Lahore and completed his Masters from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.

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